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How to Make Authentic Polish Kolaczki

To say that I’m a Polish-American to the core, would be an understatement. Growing up as a first-generation American, my parents and grandparents instilled in me a great love of family, an immense pride in our Polish heritage and a passion for it’s deeply-rooted food (or at least to indulge in it!).

My great-grandmother and grandmother were always in the kitchen making meals from scratch, filling the house with delectable smells of soups, stews and baked goods. One of my favorite childhood memories was selecting my favorite cookies off an assorted cookie platter. Grandma always had food on-hand for that unexpected guest and you never dare leave without having at least a bite to eat.

So I say it’s fitting to share with you one of my favorite Polish cookie recipes, just like my Grandma use to make. Simple in taste and in effort, the Kolaczki is especially good along a side of black tea or coffee. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do, Na Zdrowie!

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Recipe Ingredients

8 ounces (1 block) of cream cheese (at room temperature)

12 ounces (3 sticks) of butter (room temperature)

3 cups flour (all-purpose)

28 ounces apricot filling (or prune, raspberry, etc.)

A dusting of confectioners’ sugar for garnish

How to make Kolaczki

  1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with butter until light and fluffy. Add flour, 1 cup at a time, and mix well. Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  2. Heat oven to 350 F. Roll out dough 1/4 inch thick on a silicone mat or a surface that has been dusted with equal parts confectioners’ and granulated sugars (not flour), because the granulated sugar will act as ball bearings and help keep the dough from sticking.
  3. Cut into 2-inch squares. Place 1/2 to 1 teaspoon fruit or cheese filling on center of each square. Overlap opposite corners of dough to the center over filling, pressing dough together lightly. Alternatively, brush a tiny bit of beaten egg white on one point and press the opposite point on it.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes (longer if baking frozen) or when corners start to brown. Cool completely and dust with confectioners’ sugar.

Note: Kolaczki tend to get soggy after several days if not stored properly. Store them in an air-tight container without the confectioners’ sugar. Dust with confectioners’ sugar just before serving.

Tips on freezing

  • If you find yourself with leftover fillings, they can be frozen in a zip-top bag or​ another container with little loss in flavor or consistency. Just defrost them when you’re ready to use them. Pour off any accumulated moisture on the surface.
  • As for the kołaczki themselves, fill them and freeze on a parchment-lined sheet pan. When completely frozen, transfer to a freezer-safe container separated by sheets of parchment paper. Bake them from frozen. Don’t freeze baked kołaczki. When defrosted, they will be soggy and unpalatable.
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Plant Lover Must-haves

To all the “Crazy Plant” people out there, this list is for you. I’ve been slowly turning my black-thumb into a green one and my obsession with plants is turning into just that — and obsession. So, I thought I’d share some of my favorite gardening and plant loving products I’ve found while converting myself into a “Crazy Plant Lady”.

 

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Glass House Terrarium

A great container for succulents, air plants, orchids and ferns. These trendy little containers are compact and would fit perfect on a windowsill or end table.
Gift idea alert…these terrariums are easy to transport and would make a fantastic housewarming gift or birthday gift for a true green thumb!

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Vintage Style European Floral Shears

Floral shears are great for deadheading, shaping, pruning and houseplant maintenance; This compact design allows you to easily use in dense foliage without damaging the plant. And could this vintage-inspired set be any cuter?

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Glass Vintage-Inspired Plant Mister

Keep humidity-loving plants happy with a glass bottle plant mister. Delivering a light mist —it’s ideal for indoor plants, herb gardens, and terrariums. A chic upgrade to a drab plastic spray bottle.

 

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Hoop Handle Mini Watering Can


Made by Terrain. This vintage-inspired galvanized metal watering can is the perfect petite size. Keep  inside to water houseplants or in your garden shed to water flower pots and hanging baskets.

 

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Herb Garden Picks Plant Stake

Wooden herb garden pick signs with metal stakes featuring names of 6 popular herb spices. Designed and sold by Primitives by Kathy.

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Heirloom Quality Garden Hod

Made by Gardener’s Supply Company. Originally used by Maine clam diggers to hold and rinse their catch, these hods are perfect for harvesting and rinsing off vegetables and gathering flowers, too.

Floral Gardening Knee Pad and Floral Gardening Gloves


Protect yourself in style while gardening with these adorable floral garden accessories from Anthropologie. Made of durable cotton fabric protect your knees and hands while gardening.

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Cotton Crusher Hat

Made by Terrain. Handmade from lightweight and breathable cotton, this colorful crusher hat is perfect for a day at the beach or in the garden. Packable construction pairs with UPF 50 sun protection and an inner drawstring to assure a comfortable fit.

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Macrame Plant Hanger

Mini hammock knot macrame made of cotton rope is the perfect BOHO accent to hang succulents, ivy and other small houseplants. 

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Crazy Plant Lady 8″x10″ Print

Celebrate your inner “Crazy Plant Lady”! Fun and whimsical artwork to go along with your ever growing plant collection. This print illustration measures 8″x10″, printed on a thick, high-quality matte stock, and includes a heavy-gauge backer board, ready to frame. 

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I Have Major Plant Goals 8″x10″ Print

Life is full of goals and having a strong plant game should be one of them!  A fun and whimsical piece of artwork to go along with your ever growing plant collection.

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Warm & Cozy Throw Blankets under $50

Well, here in Wisconsin it definitely feels like late Fall (if not Winter). It’s November! How in the heck did that happen? The air is crisp, the leaves are gone and every once in a while you catch a flurry or two. I’m not quite ready for knee-deep snow, but a lazy day snuggled up on the sofa – sure, why not! The best days are curled up with your favorite, warmest throw blankets. In the market for a  throw blanket? Well, I have you covered! (Yes, pun totally intended! LOL) So curl up with your laptop or tablet and check out these comfy picks!

1. Knitted Throw Blanket with Sherpa – $28.99

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2. Cable Knit Cotton Gray Throw Blanket – $29.99

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3. Zuri Oversized Faux Fur Throw – $31.44

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4. Acrylic Chenille Pompoms Fringe Throw Blanket – $42.99

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5. Plaid Design Throw Blanket – $39.99

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6. Decorative Fringe Lightweight Throw Blanket – $25.88

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7. Lightweight Polyester Blanket – $40.99

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8. Faux Fur Dusty Rose Pink Soft Throw Blanket – $49.29

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9. Soft Lap Plaid Throw Blanket – $25.99

 

 

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Have a green thumb or loving gardening?

Check out my favorite Plant Lover Must-Haves

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Friday Favorite: Wick + Fiber

Hey there friends! I thought I would pop in and share another one of my small maker Friday Favorites. So maybe farmhouse style a la Joanna Gaines is not your thing, maybe you’re more mod and dig BOHO or maybe you like to mix your styles up a bit and do it all ( I do!) Wick + Fiber’s woven wall hangings are so versatile, you can do just that, mix and match. These hand-woven creations definitely fit the popular BOHO trend, but look great incorporated with a blend of styles. Why not be eclectic? Life’s too short not to be!

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Wick + Fiber is owned by Caroline, a hard-working stay at home mom of 7. Her business is based out of Phoenix, Arizona. Along with hand-woven wall hangings, Caroline creates hand-woven buntings and a selection of handmade soy candles.

Wick + Fiber Wall HangingI incorporated one of Wick + Fiber’s wall hangings into a grouping along my bedroom wall. Pairing the hanging with a vintage globe from Goodwill (for $5!) and an arrow board sign from Hobby Lobby, creating a whimsical wanderlust theme.

Go check out all of Caroline’s handwoven creations at her shop: Wick + Fiber

 

Want to discover new makers and artists? Check out all of House Fenway’s Friday Favorites.

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Friday Favorite: ForEveritts Home

Happy Friday guys! We’ve made it through another week. *happy dance* I swear, I don’t live for the weekends, but when the week is long and the weather is gloomy – the weekend is so welcomed by this girl! For those of you that have been around for a while now you probably know on Friday’s I like to share my favorite makers, artist and crafters. Supporting small businesses, hard working mamas (and daddies) and the creative spirit is so very near and dear to my heart. This week is no exception!

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Since starting House Fenway a little over a year ago, I’ve made lots of new friends. Mostly other artists, that own their own businesses, Etsy shops and websites. Sami from ForEveritts Home is one of them. This girl is one of the handiest woman I know! Saws, drills, splinters and all – this girl gets right in there! Her reclaimed artwork showcases not only her power tool skills but the true beauty in repurposed materials. Each piece unique, Sami mixes a vast array of natural elements including reclaimed wood, moss, and florals to achieve these beautiful pieces of art. Each season she launches a new collection highlighting the colors and textures shown currently evolving in nature.

IMG_5509I feel honored to own one of ForEveritts Home’s pieces and I think it adds the perfect touch of Fall to my home. The juxtaposition of textures – the harness of the reclaimed wood against the softness of the moss and florals is so artfully displayed.

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Sami has just launched her own website this month which includes a shop, blog and a beautiful inspirational board full of her creations. She is definitely worth checking out, following and why I chose her as my Friday favorite! Shop ForEveritts Home now >

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Here is a gallery of some of ForEveritts Home’s other stunning creations:

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